Update 5:00 pm Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Action News Now, journalists at two press conferences on the measles had Sunday afternoon. Reporter Luna Nas reports from Chico and Spencer Joseph reports from Redding.
There are two confirmed measles cases in Chico.
We know that the two people who have the measles are both adults who have not been vaccinated.
Butte County Public Health Department teamed up with both patients to find where they have been and who they have been in contact with. Both adults are now past the point where they are contagious, so they cannot spread the measles to anyone.
We also learned more about the first case of measles in Shasta County, which was reported Saturday.
We now know that the woman is not from Shasta County. We know she got measles from her father who traveled abroad.
Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency has identified areas of Shasta College, Taco Bell on Old Alturas Rd. and Raley's supermarket on Lake Boulevard as areas where people might have been exposed to the measles.
Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom said: "We interview the patients a lot … and find out where they went and where they could have passed it on to other people."
"And you know we all go out and about and do our thing, and at that time she did not feel so sick that she was at home in bed, she lived her life and you go to different places, Dr. Ramstrom continued. "This patient has been isolated and is being treated.
Last: has embedded a Facebook LIVE post by our reporter Spencer Joseph, whom he published just after the press conference on the measles was held in Rescue at Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency Sunday afternoon.
We had reporter Luna Nas in the press conference, which was imposed by Butte County Public Health on Sunday afternoon. [1 9659004] Both reporters will share what they learned on Sunday night and evening news (5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 11:00 pm)
NORTH STATE, California – Butte County Public Health examines two confirmed cases of measles in adults who have not documented virus vaccination stories. Also, Community Education Specialist Tim Mapes from the Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency said Sunday that Shasta County measles case is related to cases in Butte And Tehama Counties and is considered to be part of the cluster.
Both adults with confirmed measles in Butte County are past their infectious period and can no longer spread the disease to others, but the Butte County Public Health Department works with Enloe Medical Center and other healthcare providers to identify people who may have had contact with the infected people while they were still contagious.
The Esplanade House at 181 E. Shasta Ave. in Chico has been identified as a possible site for public exposure in the period from March 15 to March 19, 2019. If you were in this place during this time frame, please call (530) 353-5564 to speak with public health officials on Sunday, 24 March to 17:00 and next Monday to Friday from 6 pm 08:00 to 17:00.
The public contact and exposure survey is still active. Additional exposure locations can be identified and communicated in the future.
Shasta County continues to investigate their confirmed measles cases. CLICK HERE to read the story of the case.
Measles is a highly contagious, viral disease that spreads through the air when a person coughs or sneezes with the disease. Symptoms begin with fever, cough, runny nose and red, aqueous eyes. These symptoms are followed by a rash that typically appears on the face along the hairline or behind the ears and spread to the rest of the body. A person is contagious from four days before the rash begins through four days after the rash.
Complications of measles may include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Serious complications can be fatal. Infants, pregnant women and people with impaired immune system are more prone to complications from measles.
Prevent spread of measles:
The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, hops and rubella viruses. Two doses of MMR vaccine are recommended for measles immunity. The first dose of MMR vaccine is given at 12 to 15 months. The second dose of MMR vaccine is usually given for four to six years. Anyone traveling internationally outside the United States should ensure that they have received full measles vaccination. Two doses of MMR vaccine are approx. 97 percent effective in preventing measles infection. MMR vaccine is available from your regular doctor or local clinic.
. Contact your doctor for help with MMR vaccine or MMRV vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella / chickenpox). immunizations or a blood test as soon as possible.
• If you think you have been exposed to measles, consult your doctor for advice.
• If you think you have measles symptoms or have been exposed to measles, call your doctor immediately. DO NOT go out publicly, to the clinic, hospital or doctor's office before calling their facility to prevent the spread of the disease to others.